Watching yourself transform into Mother is life changing. You live and breathe motherhood and devote every waking hour to becoming the best mother you can be as you grow in love, understanding and compassion every day.
Carrying a baby provides this loving touch; a great sense of familiarity and normality for a newborn. Being able to hear the muffled thump of a heartbeat and the rhythm of regular breathing, gentle pressure from arms that means secure rest and peaceful sleep, a scent that means safety and nourishment all help to activate the parasympathetic system and create calm, which facilitates the building of bonds.
Almost a year ago today I found out I was pregnant. As you can tell from the title, my pregnancy was unplanned. VERY unplanned. I say 'very' with umph because in my heart of hearts I do not think I was ready...
It's been 18 months of hard work and back to the drawing board moments but this week, in collaboration with the Hospital Alcohol Liaison Service, I am proud to be launching our MAMA (Maternal Alcohol Management Algorithm) Pathway in our maternity unit.
There are a few things however that aren't essential and don't revolve entirely around the baby, well, not as much! Sometimes it can feel that you are no longer a person but rather just a carry unit for the baby that everyone is so eager to meet. Here are 5 little things to do for yourself before your baby arrives.
According to Forbes magazine it's costing the average millennial couple $245,340 (£173,084) per child from newborn to 18. Phew! That is a lot, right? The total includes housing food, clothing, education, extracurricular and many other costs you might associate with being a parent.
There was a loud sigh, the sound of snoring and then a sudden jolt as he jumped, waking himself and his wife up. Yes, the other evening it was another dad who fell asleep first during the relaxation session at the end of one of our Wise Hippo hypnobirthing classes. And you know what? It's so often the way!
Yes, you heard me right. And don't be so shocked. Birth and sex operate in almost the exact same ways. The hormones, sensations, the anatomy involved, brain activity, receptors... they are all so heavily intertwined.
What do I wear? Will I get cold? And what happens if I poop? these are the most common questions my clients ask about water births. As someone who's ...
I have no problem with people making light-hearted jokes about my name - I can laugh at myself and I hope others to do the same. What I do have a problem with are thoughtless lists that poke fun of people. Thankfully I can publicly defend myself (and Brogans), but there will be countless Zabryn, McKyla and Evers who can't.
he number of women whose husbands essentially control the purse strings and need for those women to make the case for superior healthcare who are unsuccessful. It's not just about having the disposable income, but also having to justify why you should want or why you need this type of care when it's available for free.
I can count the number of times that I've been offered a seat on one hand, so here's a little message to all the people who have really made me feel like a leper because I'm wearing a badge and asking for a seat.